SOUTH WALES LIBERAL AGENTS. CONFERENCE AT ABERDARE. The. quarterly conference of the South Wales Association of Liberal Agents was held on Tuesday at the Liberal Club, Aberdare. Council- lor W. H. Brown presided. Satisfactory reports On registration work were presented. WELSH ORGANISATION. Councillor W. H. Bnowx (Newport) proposed, and Mr W. J. CROCKEP. (Swansea) seconded the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted That, in the opinion of this associa- tion, it is desirable that an organisation represen- tative of Liberalism in Wales should be formed for the purpose cf considering really Welsh questions that such organisation should be based on economical lines without in any way interfer- ing with any existing associations, either as to their work or finances also that any committee or council formed should be entirely representa- tive of the existing Liberal Associations or associations which shall be formed in the future of a purely representative character, and would suggest that all Liberal Associations should be represented at the forthcoming convention, if held, and with the view if possible to prevent divisions and to bring about united actions, this conference would respectfully suggest the appoint- ment by the Convention of a drafting committee to consider proposals for the organisation of the party in Wales, and to report to the Convention at the afternoon session." LIBERAL REFORMS. The CHAIRMAN proposed and Mr J. M. BERRY, Liberal agent, Merthyr, seconded a resolution, which was unanimously adopted, and which was wired to the National Federation Conference then sitting at Derby, declaring That this con- ierence of Liberal agents believe that the fore- tnosfc and immediate object of the Liberal party should be to alter the law that the House of Commons should no longer be subjected to the veto of the House of Peers, so that it may be possible to press forward registration and other important reforms in the interest of the people." The resolution also affirmed that for Wales the question of Disestablishment of the Church in Wales should be kept in the forefront of the Welsh National programme. The date and place of the next meeting were left to the president and secretary for fixture. At the close of the conference Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., entertained the whole of the agents and a number of Aberdare and Merthyr Liberals at luncheon at the Aberdare Liberal Club, the catering being entrusted to Mr F. W. Caunt. Unfortunately, however, the hon. mem- ber himself was called away to London, and the chair was occupied by Mr C. Kenshole, the Liberal agent for the Merthyr Boroughs, and the vice-chpoir by* Councillor W. H. Brown, of Newport.—After the toast of The Queen," Mr G. George, J.P., the vice-president of the Aber- dare Liberal Club gave" The Ministers of Religion."—Rev. B.Evans responded.—Mr J. M. Berry proposed The health of Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P. observing that this was the first time Mr Thomas had entertained the agents in that manner. That body was not a large body, but it was an important one, and did some im- portant work. There was one thing he wished to mention, and that was that the whole of the cost of registration in the Merthyr Boroughs was borne by their host. That was not as it should be, and he hoped the time would soon come when that expense was properly divided. (Hear, hear.)—Mr C. Kenshole proposed Success to the Association of Liberal Agents." He said he believed that the non-success of the Liberal party at the last General Election was iargelv due to the neglect of registration. They then had a severe lesson, but he believed that it Was a lesson they had well learnt, and throughout South Wales they had done exceedingly well during the past two years. As far as that borough was concerned, they had in Mr Berry and Mr Hooper two excellent registration agents, and as a result he might point out that in Aber- dare two years ago the Conservative party had 300 old lodgers on the list, and the Liberals 60; to-day the Liberals had 500, and the Conserva- tives some 60 or 70. (Loud applause.) He believed this was also the case elsewhere. He coupled the toast with the name of Councillor W. H. Brown, an old veteran, than whom there was no more competent registration agent, and whose help they had often secured in Aberdare, and Mr Morgan Thomas, whose work spoke for him. Councillor W. H. Brown, in responding, said it Was very pleasing for them as agents to meet gentlemen outside who were so closely connected with Liberal work in the borough. Referring to the question of Liberal organisation in Wales, he expressed an opinion strongly in favour of an organisation for the whole of Wales -(be.tr., hear)—and he believed that without Unduly interfering with any existing erganisation that could be done.—Mr Morgan Thomas, after a reference to the work of the association, ex- pressed a belief that when the present Govern- ment had been allowed to flounder a little further in the mire the Liberal party would be able to Win back every seat in Wales. (Hear, hear.) The question of organisation was a thorny one, but he entirely agreed with Mr Brown that Wales should be united. (Hear, hear.) It was simply on the question of the machinery that there was i, difference of opinion. Some of them thought that the best thing to do was to work the con- 8tituencies first, then group the associations in 5&ch constituency into areas. That could be Easily done,and from these divisions one national organisation cauld be formed that would be able to ipnalr for the whole of the Liberalism of Wales. (Hear, hear.)—Other toasts followed.
CARDIFF LIGHTING COMMITTEE. LIABILITY OF CONTRACTORS. Ameeting of this committee was held on Tuesday afternoon, Alderman Carey presiding. A letter Tvas read from Messrs Danks and Co., Limited, boiler contractors, of Oldbury, stating that they were carrying out the terms of their contract toth the Corporation in reference to the fair Wages clause regarding hours and wages. Mr F. A. fox said he had not raised the question of kours, but he submitted a wages list current in the district around Oldbury, which, he claimed, showed that Messrs Danks were not paying fall rtes. The circumstances were somewhat pecu- liar, as there was no boilcrmaking shop within six or eight miles of their own. Messrs Danks were not entitled (in his opinion and that of his fellow Trade Unionists) to constitute themselves a district. The Boilermakers' Society did not recognise Oldbury itself as a district. Con- troversion of Messrs Danks* statement bad been tnade to the Boilermakers' Society by two members and a former manager of the firm. The Chairman said he thought Messrs Danks were within the terms of their contract, which provided that the Wages, hours, and rules should be such as are "mutually accepted as fair in the respective trades concerned." Now the Corporation had a. hew rule which provided that the wages, hours, aad rules should be such as are recognised by the respective trades unions and in the district Where the work is to be executed." He thought Mr Fox's expert information would be extremely Useful in future contracts, and suggested that he should gain knowledge of all the firms with which the committee dealt, and so would be able to give definite information which would guide them in their selection, and which would save much valuable time to the committee. Mr Fox said he did not reflect upon the committee which gave out the Danks contract, and promised to get the Particulars before the next lot of boilers were ordered. Subsequently a long discussion took place on Questions raised by Councillors Fox and Good ^ith reference to the continued delay in the delivery of the electrical plant on order. Though the contracts were overdue before the engineers' lock-out, it was pointed out that that had seriously added to the delay. Mr Fox held that if the em- ployers had locked out their men they were not Entitled to seek refuge under a strike clause. As to the case of Messrs Farranti, it was stated that their machinery was unique, and that the incon. venience caused to Cardiff was shared by practi- cally every other town where electric lighting Was being carried on. After the electrical ^Hgineer had stated his opinion that it was pro- bable that the committee would be able to supply 0,11 who had desired the light on the route of the Present cables with the plant which would be com- pleted in about a fortnight, the Town Clerk was ^irected to prepare a report upon the contractors' £ It was agreed to light Wood-street, &c., «oa four electric lamps, each of 2,000 nominal -P., and to make provision for incandescent gas ligliting by the attachment of brackets to the }Ine standard, the gas to be utilised after mid- night.
EAST GLAMORGAN BAPTISTS AND POPERY. DUTY OF THE CHURCHES. A conference was held on Monday at '-ftbernacle Chapel, Pontypridd, under the apices of the Sunday-school Union of the East Glaraorga,n Baptist Association, the object being j° hear papers and to open a discussion upon the 0f the Sunday schools in face of the Roman ^tholic nropaganda in Wales. The chair was ^ccupjed by Mr Jacob Iiay, Treharris. Interesting K^tters were read by the Rev. E. W. Davies, and the Rev. J. Griffiths, Calfaria, Aber- who referred to the successful efforts made y the Welshmen of old against previous tterupts to spread the doctrines of Romanism in /J6 Principality. The propaganda had been .^ttende^ with some .success in the country, and ■ Was the duty of all religious denominations to e &!ive to their work and to follow the example fe,t to them by their forefathers. Discussion °Uowed. A public meeting took place in the jibing, presided over by Alderman David evies, J.P., Merthyr. Pacers were read by the ;1. T. Richards, Llantwit Varclre" upon the perfecting of the machinery of the present t> 4tly examinations," on "B'ble Exposition," by ty.?iea80r Davies, of Cardiff Baptist College, ite the -^ev- Isaac, of Cadoxton, read a ti Per on the same Bubjcct as was dealt with in e afternoon.
ÐARTH LIGHT RAILWAY. Cojj^e.Monthly meeting of the Penarth District ftPe?Ci* was held on Monday, when the minutes of light Council meetings to consider the Penarth railway scheme were read. It transpired ^clin j Majority of the members are favourably towards the scheme provided certain to be suggested by the Council are §Ueji A committee, consisting of Messrs H. • -Cornell, R. Guy, and S. Thomas, has ^-QtUj^PPointed to protect the interests of the A special meeting of the Council was Cl' å the ordinary meeting had concluded to lSCllSS the scheme. f
SOUTH WALES COAL TRADE. MINERS AND ORGANISATION. MEETING AT CARDIFF. A meeting of miners' agents was held at the Engineers' Institute, Cardiff, on Tuesday, when Mabon, M.P., presided over an attendance which comprised the following Messrs D. Morgan, Aber- dare; T. D. Isaac, Treorky T. Richards, Beaufort; D. Beynon, Maesteg; Alfred Onions, Ponty wain John Davies, Hirwain Evan Thomas,lihymney; John Thomas, Garw Valley David Thomas, Dowlais D. Morgan, Pontardulais W. Evans, Pentre James Walters, Nantyglo and Lewis Miles, secretary. A letter was read from the western district that there had not yet been sufficient timq in which to clect a successor to the late Alderman Isaac Evans. A telegram was received from Mr W. Brace regretting his inability to be present and express- ing his sympathy with any practical scheme of better organisation. The meeting had been specially convened by the workmen's representatives on the Sliding Scale Committee to consider the resolution of in- structions passed at the conference of miners' delegates held at Cardiff in regard to organising the colliery workmen, and to discuss future procedure in view of the six months' notice given to the employers to terminate the Sliding Scale agreement. The question of organisation was first taken, and after discussion the following resolu- tion was now adopted That each district be recommended to organise itself on lines found to be most applicable to its own circumstances, and to consider the advisability of amalgamating all districts for general and common objects. Other resolutions were passed as follows :— That a central committee be formed, to be called the Executivo. Committee, consisting of representa- tives of members in each district, the basis to be settled at the next conference. That there be a. Central Fund for the purpose of defraying working expenses, the amount to be sub- scribed per member, per month or quarter, to be settled by a general conference, and to be met by levies. That a general open conference of tne whole of the South Wales and Monmouthshire miners be held at Cardiff on Monday, January 10th, 1S93, to take into consideration the organisa- tion question. That on the following day January 11th there be a conference confined to those who contribute to the Sliding Scale General Fund, the business to be to further consider the course oi action to be pursued in view of the notice given to terminate the Sliding Scale agreement.
THE LATE MR JOHN DAVIES. FUNERAL OF A FAMOUS DOWLAIS CHORAL CONDUCTOR. IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY AT PANT. Tuesday was fixed for the funeral of the late Mr John Davies, A.C., a renowned Dowlais choral conductor, whose death on Friday occa- sioned surprise and sorrow in many parts of the Principality. Despite the inclemency of the weather, a large codcotixseof people assembled in the afternoon in the vicinity of No. 41, Heny- square, Dowlais, the late residence of de- ceased. A service in the house was conducted by the Rev. J. F. Williams (Abercynon), and the cortege was then formed and solemnly proceeded to Pant Cemetery. The occupants of the private mourning coaches were Mrs Johanna Davies, widow of the deceased Mrs Elizabeth Davies, mother of the deceased Mr Dan Davies, Merthyr (brother), and Mrs Davies Mr Tom Dan ies, Merthyr (brother), and Mrs Davies; Rev. Morlais Davies, Fishguard, brother; and Mrs Griffith Davies, Treorky, sister of the deceased. There were about 800 choralists present, comprising members of the Merthyr and Dowlais Choirs, under the leadership of Mr Sandford Jones, Merthyr. The attendance also included many gentlemen of musical note, amongst whom were Mr John Evans (Eos Mvrfyn), Bethania Church Choir, Dowlais; Mr Wrii. Hughes, Brynzion. Dowlais Mr Heury Evans, Mr Tom Richards, Mountain Ash, conductor of the Mountain Ash Male Voice Party Mr James James, conductor of the Mountain Ash Choral Society Mr Daniel Thomas, chairman of the Tonypandy Eisteddfod and Eos Wenallt, Aberdare. The procession comprised about 25 carriages, and the number of those assembled approximated about 2,000. The bearers were composed of a contingent representative of the Merthyr Choral Society- Messrs J. T. Owen, Philip Maurice, Griffith Davies, R.A.M., David Hughes, and four of Mr Dan Davies's employees-Messrs William Rees, G. Turner, W. Rowe, and C. Martin. The coffin was of massive oak, and upon it were several beautiful wreaths. When the profession started, the massed choirs rendered, as they slowly moved, Mae'n nghyfeillion adre'nmyned," (My friends have gone home before) to the impressive hymn tune, "Lausanne," other hymns being subsequently rendered to the immortal strains of Aberyst- wytb," "Babel," "Caerfjalem," and "Prench" Upon arriving at the Pant gates, the huge procession had relapsed into silence, and the mourners passed through direct to the grave- side, where the Rev. W. A. Jones, Zion, Merthyr, conducted the last rites. It was raining, and in consequence of that circumstance the reverend gentleman intimated that he did not propose to detain the multitude for any great length of time, but he could not forbear to speak of the great loss which within only a few days South Wales had sustained in the death of three f amous musicians— Caradog, Mr Atkins (Cardiff), and their deceased friend, Mr John Davies. He spoke with eloquence and feeling of the remarkable capabilities of the deceased choirmaster whom they had just laid to rest. Crugybar was sung at the graveside, and shortly afterwards was brought to a close one of the most remark- able scenes ever witnessed in the cemetery of Pant.
A WELSH CENTENARIAN. The death took place at Maesyfelin, Lampeter, on Friday, of Jane Davies, at the age of 102 years. Deceased was born at Rhiwonen, in the parish of Llanfihangel Ystrad, and was the daughter and second child of David and Catherine Jones, who altogether had ten children, five of whom lived to a good age. One only of these children now survives, namely, Margaret Williams, with whom deceased resided. John, the eldest of the family, lost his life through an accident at the Cwmrees Quarry, which some of the oldest inhabitants of Lampeter can remember. Deceased when very young left her home to go to service, and was for many years at Parknoyadd, Llanfair- clydogau, and subsequently at Blaenwern, in the same parish. After spending a few years in the neighbourhood of Tregarou she returned to Parknoyadd, from which place she was married to John Davies, an agricultural labourer, and went to live at a little cottage near Waunwen, Llanfairclydocau. John Davies died about 20 years ago. They had eight children, five of whom (four daughters and a son) are now living. The old lady getting feeble and lonely came, about 11 years ago, to resided with her sister at Maesyfelin, where she remained until her death. She had been blessed with a robust constitution, and until of late years had experienced but very little illness. She continued to move about until three weeks ago, when she took to her bed never to rise again. The funeral took place on Tuesday in St. Peter's Churchyard, in the presence of a large number of neighbours and friends. Much sym- pathy is felt for the sister, Margaret Williams, who is also advancing in years and who feels her loneliness very acutely. Maesyfelin, the place where old Shan breathed her last, is the spot once cursed by Vicar Pilchard, of Llandovery, as follows:— Melldith fo ar Maesyfelin, Dan pob carre g, dan pob gwreiddyn. Am ddanfon blodau tre Llandovery I Ar ei hen 1 Towy i foddi. But Jane lived on, notwithstanding the old vicar's curse.
THE CATALONIA COLLISION The Guernsey smack Hazard (Captain Lufkin) put into Quecnstown on Tuesday in a damaged and disabled condition. The captain reported that when off the Head of Kinsale at half-past 7 that morning, in rather thick weather, his vessel was struck a. slanting blow by the Cunard steamer Catalonia, from Boston to Queenstown with mails and passengers. Day was just breaking and Captain Lufkin states the smack's lights were still burning. The steamer carried away the cross of the mainmast, the cathead, and several stanchions, and the compass was knocked over- board. The Hazard almost capsized, and the four hands gave themselves up as lost. They were about to lower the boat and jump into her when the Hazard fortunately righted. The Catalonia also reached Qaeenstown on Tuesday and pro-- ceeded to Liverpool.
ACCIDENT WITHTHS MON- MOUTHSHIRE HOUNDS. Whilst hunting with the Monmonthshire Hounds, near Abergavenny, Mr H. Rhys-Hill had a very narrow escape. His horse fell at a fence, and upon jumping up kicked his rider upon the head, casing a severe scalp wound on the forehead. Mr Rbys-Hill, who also sustained I other injuries, was for some timo unconscious, but is now progressing favourably. I
ALLEGED WIFE MURDER IN IRELAND. John Pierce Evans, a, farmer, residing at Knockaderry, near Newcastle, West Limerick, was arrested on Tuesday by the constabulary charged with the murder of his wife, whose body was discovered on Tuesday morning with her head battered. Eviins lived on unhappy terras with his wife, with whom he repeatedly quarrelled.
ONLY HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW. At a London Police Court on Monday Edward G. Smith (25), of Rctherhithe, was charged with being disorderly. A constable deposed that the prisoner was knocking a woman about. Mr Kennedy Why did you knock the woman about ?—Prisoner Well, it was my mother-in- aw (Laughter.)—Fined 3s, or three days.
The Prince of Wales left London on Tuesday afternoon for Didlington Hall, Norfolk, on a visit to Lord Amherst of Hackney., LATEST NEWS FROM THE TRANSVAAL —A Gentle- man travelling in Bechnftnaland en route for Bulu- way,),writeq: I have been very bad with fearful headache for over a week. I took two doses of Mun- day's Liver Pills, and am all right again."—Sold in boxes, Is, Is 6d, and 4s 6d, free by post,-—J, Munday Chemist, High-street, Cardifit 1125
RHONDDA COUNTY COURT. A MONEY-LENDING TRANSACTION. At the Rbondda County Court at Ystrad on Tuesday (before his Honour Judge Gwilym Williams) S. Baron, furniture dealer and money lender, Treorky, sued David Luke, John Luke, and Benjamin Richards for EI2 10s, alleged to be due to him on a promissory note. Mr Rees, from the offices of Mr W. R. Davies, Pontypridd, appeared for plaintiff. Mr Thomas Phillips, solicitor, Treorky, who had been engaged to defend, announced at the outset that he had withdrawn from the case. The case was part heard at the previous Court, when Mr Ignatius Williams sat as deputy judge. It appeared that the plaintiff had lent £10 to David Luke, who was an insurance agent at Treorky, on a promissory note, and had agreed to pay back £ 14 in fortnightly instalments of 15s. Two instalments were paid, reducing the amount due to £ 12 10s. Two men named John Luke and Benjamin Richards, residing in the locality, had become sureties, and they were jointly sued for the amount. Mr C. A. Barnett, Cardiff, said he had endorsed a bill of exchange for the value. He had given P,12 for it, and requested Miss Baron to collect the money. His Honour said that he had his suspicion with respect to the bill. He did not dispute the state- ment that the two defendants John and Benjamin had become sureties without any consideration at all. They were not legally represented, and therefore his Honour thought it was his duty to help them. The bill had since they signed the document been altered without their consent. Therefore, as far as they were concerned, it was not a good bill. Judgment was given against David Luke, who was the recipient of the money, but against the plaintiff in respect to the two other defendants. SCEXE IN COURT.—A furniture dealer named Price, living at Pentre, sued Mrs Jones, widow, residing at Gelli, for a balance alleged to be due by her on some furniture that had been bought in her husband's name. The summons showed that she was the executrix. Defendant was taken ill in court. Mr Thomas Phillips, Treorky, was in court to defend, but he only made one or two remarks. The Judge called the plaintiff's attention to the fact that the summons was wrongly worded, as it stated that the defendant was the executrix, whereas the deceased John. Jones had not made a will. Plaintiff observed that defendant had paid a portion of the sum, whereupon his Honour remarked that she had better go on paying and the plaintiff issue a proper summons before he appeared again against her. LODGING TOGETHER.—A miner named Williams was sued for goods that had been supplied to his wife by a tradesman in the upper part of the Rhondda. The plaintiff having stated his case, the defendant exclaimed: "I never had a wife." He added that they lodged together. His Honour: Oh, I know a great deal about it now. I am afraid you can't get out of it if she was held up as your wife. Judgment for the plaintiff. THEIR STEPMOTHER'S DEBTS.—Isaac Davies and his brother, living at Treorky, were sued by the South Wales Tea Company for zC5, being the value of good3 debited to their deceased step- mother and Isaac jointly. The defendants were sued a3 executors, but as the deceased had not made a will the judge said they should be sued as recipients of some of the estate of the deceased. Mr D. AY. Jones, Pentre, appeared for the plain- tiff s. Defendants admitted having received £ 10 0s 7d from the Prudential Assurance Company on the death of the deceased, and also a gift of X3 from a relative towards the burial expenses. Isaac submitted a list of the items of expenditure in connection with the funeral, amongst them being £ 1 to his brother (defendant) for loss of work during the time the funeral arrangements were made. His Honour: You gave him iCl for loss of work to attend his mother's funeral I Good Heavens! It is clear to me that you received 4E4 more than was reasonable towards the expense of the burial of your mother. Therefore you have got to pay 5s per month each. DISPUTE ABOUT PROPERTY. William Cory, brake proprietor, Treherbert, sued Benjamin David Skinner, Treherbert, for £ 15 for the loss sustained by him through the demolition of an outhouse at the back of his premises, and also S15 damages for the inconvenience which had been caused to his tenants. Mr Sankey, Cardiff, instructed by Mr R. Walter Williams, Aberdare, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr Bruce, Ponty- pridd, for the defendant. The defendant, it ap- peared, had pulled down the property which adjoined his own land without the plaintiff's con- sent and barricaded the place, fixing the railings beyond his own boundary. A counter-claim was set up. Plaintiff admitted that he had com- menced erecting another building before the old one was removed. Judgment was given for the plaintiff for £ 1 damages in respect of the land illegally appropriated, £ 2 for the loss of materials of which the old structure was composed, and JE1 for the inconvenience caused to him the land to be restored and the palisade to be erected in its original place. Costs were also granted. The counter-claim was withdrawn.
CARDIFF BANKRUPTCY COURT. As there was no suitable room available at the Cardiff Town Hall the public examinations of four local bankrupts were held on Tuesday at the County Court offices in the registrar's room. ACTOR AND HIS CREDITORS. FRANCIS GATES PEARSON, Actor.—This debtor filed his petition at Cardiff whilst appearing in The King's Highway," his liabilities amounting to £ 1,096. He attributed his failure to losses on two tours with The Scheme and Harbour Lights." His father had advanced him X525 at various times for the purpose of running these plays, and the money was still owing. His pro- fessional name was Frank Gerald, and he was now receiving a weekly salary of £ 15, but his engagement terminated next Saturday. If it had not been for the malicious persecution of some of his creditors he would not be in the position he now was. He had not the slightest idea what ce was going to do after this week. Examination lilosed. A GBANGETOWN GROCETT. T. R. THOMAS, Grocer, Grangetown.—Debtor, who had formerly been employed at a tinworks at Briton Ferry, started business as a grocer in Clive-street, Grangetown, at the beginning of this year on a Cap, 01150, which he borrowed from his father. He had had no previous experience, but relied on the knowledge of a relative, who was a grocer's assistant. The takings fell off from 114 or X-15 a week to about L-5 weekly. Owing to want of capital he was unable to purchase stock, and the shop appeared empty. To this he attri- buted the falling off of his takmgs. He was a tinworker, and his wages were 14s a week. The examination closed. JEWELLER'S FAILURE. MARGARET ANSTEE, Bridgend.-Thisdebtor,with the assistance of a son, had carried on the busi- ness of ft jeweller and watchmaker at 11, Caroline- street, Bridgend, ever since the death of her husband three years ago. At the time there was owing to the bank JE140, the total liabilities being nearly JE400. When her husband died debtor received 1117 from the insurance company, iElOO of which was kept by the bank. Bad trade was the stated cause of failure. Examination closed. ADJOURNED. MARCUS JACOBUS, Tobacconist, <fec., Cardiff.—In this case the examination was adjourned until December 31st to enable the Official Receiver to make full investigation into accounts furnished by the debtor. v-
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WELSH PULPIT. LECTURE BY THE REV. CHAS. DAVIES. Under the auspices cf the Welsh Sunday- school Union the Rev. Charles Davies (Cardiff) delivered an interesting lecture on Tuesday evening, at Salem Chapel, on the Characteristics of the Welsh Pulpit." The rev. gentleman main- tained that the Welsh pulpit at every period had been a true reflection of the Welsh people themselves. One of the chief characteristics of the Welsh pulpit was its "fire." That "fire" which was inseparable from Welsh oratory was deprecated by an insignificant few, but he asserted that its extinction would happen only with the extinction of the Welsh people. This characteristic was remarkable in the oratory of John Elias, Christmas Evans, and Daniel Row- lands, and was the direct outcome of the intensity of their convictions. The very sight of Daniel Rowlands was enough to "fire" a congregation. Christmas ns had attributed the suc- cess of his ministry to his impassioned oratory. Another characteristic of the Welsh pulpit was the hwyl which the speaker defined as something between speaking and chanting. The "hwyl" was the natural product of the musical genius of the Cymry. The hwyl" in the hands of the old masters, such as Dr. Thomas, Pontypool, had produced many a memorable" cymanfa." Then graphic repre- sentation and dramatic power had been a peculiar gift of the Welsh preachers. John Elias and Christmas Evans wera the chief exponents of that art. It was true that the drama did not flourish in Wales, but dramatic power had a thousand times been exemplified in the Welsh pulpit. The scripturalncss of the Welsh pulpit was a potent factor iu its success. The Welsh were a people of one book; hence this marked characteristic of the pulpit. The sermons of Owen Thomas and Roberts (Llwyn- hendy) were a complete network of scriptural texts. A certain majesty also invested the great pulpit orators of Cymru Fu. The saintly countenance of Henry Rees was in itselfa sermon. After the death of Glyndwr the leaders of the Welsh people had largely been its preachers, and in every period of its history the Welsh pulpit bad been ardently patriotic. The old preachers would readily lay down their lives for the fatherland.—During the evening Miss Maggie Thomas and Miss Jennie Foulkes ren- dered solos with beautiful effect. On the propo- sition of the Rev. J. Williams, which was seconded by Principal Edwards, a hearty vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer and the soloists.
BRAVERY AT SEA, PRESENTATION AT CARDIFF. At a special meeting of the Local Marine Board held at Cardiff on Tuesday, Mr John Cory presiding, Adolf Simonson, A B. on board the a.s. Snowflake, of Liverpool, was presented with a silver medal and a diploma on behalf of the Norwegian Government for bravery displayed in assisting to rescue 21 of the crew of the ship Santa, of Stavanger, then in a helpless condition in mid-ocean. The rescue was attended with great danger. The captain and most of the other members of the rescue party have previously had presentations through the board, and therefore the facts of the case are well known.
THE GREAT GLOVE FIGHT. A STARTLING SEQUEL. DEATH OF THE DEFEATED MAN. BARRY AND NATIONAL SPORTING CLUB OFFICIALS ARRESTED. CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER. Walter Croot, of Leytonstone, who met Jim Barry, of Chicago, on Monday night at the National Sporting Club, London, in an Inter- national light-weight glove contest, and was knocked out in the 20th round, never regained consciousness, and expired at the National Sporting Club at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning. It is stated that Croot, who scaled 7st. 61b. against Barry's 7st. 91b., appeared to be boxing well up to the end of the nineteenth round. In the twentieth round, however, it is said that he received a severe blow over the heart, followed by a blow on the jaw, which put an end to the con- test. Croot recently accompanied Pedlar Palmer on a series of glove exhibitions in the provinces. It seems that Croot's friends did not become really alarmed as to his condition until 2 a.m on Tuesday, when, as he did not show signs of returning consciousness, a medical man was summoned, but his attentions were of no avail, and Croot gradually sank. The precise cause of death will probably not be given until the inquest. The tragic ending of the contest has caused much excitemeat in boxing circles in London. BARRY ARRESTED. At a few minutes after noon Detective-sergeant ,Crostoii went to the National*Sporting Club and formally arrested both Barry and T. White, his second. The party walked quietly to Bow-street, where after waiting for half an hour Barry was charged by the police with the manslaughter of Croot. Barry appears very much cast down at the untoward ending of the contest, and he practically surrendered himself to the policq, PROCEEDINGS AT BOW-STREET. At Bow-street Police Court on Tuesday after- noon James Barry, the pugilist; Thomas James White, his trainer; William Watley, an in- structor; Arthur Frederick Bettinson, manager of the National Sporting Club; Bernard John Angle, the well-known referee; and Richard Smith, an agent, were charged with being con- cerned in causing the manslaughter of Walter Croot, pugilist, during a boxing competition at the National Sporting Club on Monday night. Police evidence was given to the effect that Barry and Croot boxed 20 rounds for a stake of Y,100, and in the last round Croot was knocked out He became insensible, and remained so until his death about eight hours later. Every attention was paid to him at the club, several doctors and a trained nurse being with him throughout the night. When the Erisoner Barry was shown the body he wept itterly. The gloves used in the contest ifrere handed to the police. They were the regulation 4oz. gloves i»ca in boxing and bore no trace of blood. The rules of the club had been accepted by all the authorities on boxing. There were no marks of violence on the deceased except a slight quantity of blood in the nose. The deceased and Barry had boxed for points so that it was not a matter of brute force only to win. The prisoners were remanded on bail, Sir George Chetwynd becoming surety for Mr Angle.
TRAVELLING THEATRES. ABERTILLERY'S BYE-LAWS DIS- PUTED. LIVELY MEETING OF THE COUNCIL. Mrs Orton, proprietress of the portable theatre recently erected at Abertillery, and licensed by the Monmonthshire County Council, appeared before a special adjourned meeting of the Aber- tillery Urban District Council on MOD day even- ing to show cause why the structure should not be demolished, being contrary to the bye laws, in that it was a wooden building. Mr W. Thomas, J.P., C.C., presided over a full council of 18 mem- bers, and several ratepayers were also present. The Chairman wished it to be understood whether Mr Tilney was present in behalf of Mrs Orton or as a member of the Council, to which Mr Tilney replied that he was assisting her at her request, and he did not know that there was anything to prevent him acting in the dual capacity.—Mrs Orton remarked that the Council's bye-law seemed to be a different law to what she had been accustomed on the road it was a different rule to that pre- vailing at other places in Monmouthshire. She was sorry if she had done anything wrong, but she did not think she was acting wrongfully. —The Chairman said the Council were not wish- ful to be vindictive was she prepared to comply in reasonable time ?—Mrs Orton proceeded to explain that she had obtained the licence from the County Council last week, and as it was the usual thing to get the building up, inspected, passed, and then opened, she did not think she would be infringing the Council's rights in doing so. They had been idle a fortnight up to last Saturday night (when they opened), and there were seven gentlemen and five ladies in the com- pany. She could not get a licence anywhere else under 21 days or a month.—The Chairman said the question before the Council was the erection of a building against the bye-laws.— Mr Jos. Wallace asked if Mrs Orton received due notice that she should not erect this building ?- Mrs Orton said she had the notice, but plans were not returned, and she always had the plans back if they are not passed.—The Chairman asked would Mrs Orton be prepared to comply with their request and remove within a certain time to be decided by the Council?—Mr Tilney said Mrs Orton wished him to reply that she had no wish to make things awkward, or to meet the Council in anything but a conciliatory spirit. She admitted that this was an awkward predica- ment,?and regretted it as much as the Council possibly; but as she had been legally advised she could not admit the authority of this Council to pull her place down. She was willing to make the building thoroughly safe, and to fully meet the Council's requirements in that respect. If an attempt was made by force, she was advised to resist by force if by legal action, to resist by legal action by applying for an injunction.— The case of this Council was that of the Man- chester Corporation, who instituted certain pro- ceedings and were beaten.—The Chairman On what ?—Mr Tilney In a similar case. Mrs Orton did not admit that the bye-laws quoted applied to a. portable theatre.—Mr G. Gregory in that case wished to know why plans had been submitted.—Mr Tilney hoped no advantage would be taken of Mrs Orton's presence. She had been asked to submit plans and to come there, and it was in courtesy to the Council and not as a matter of legal right that she had done so.—Mr M. Adams trusted that they would stick to their bye-laws and do right by one party as another.—Mr Tilney said the confirmation of the bye-laws did not make them legal if they were bad in law. The Council was dealing with Mrs Orton under a, bye-law that did not apply to her structure, and doubtless would not have been enforced but for THE IRRELEVANT DEPUTATION from the Sunday School Union who appeared before the Council. She ha.d been in the district before the bye-laws were in existence then, but nothing objectionable was found.—The Clerk stated that the bye-laws were confirmed by the Local Government Board on Juno 12th, 1879. They had been framed from the model bye-laws of the Local Government Board. He was clerk to four different District Councils which had adopted them, and during the past 25 years they had never been questioned. The opinion of the secretaries to the Urban District Councils Association was that the structure was a building within the meaning of the bye-laws. If allowed to stand, the Council must supply gas (which had been refused), but the combustible nature of the building might justify refusal.—Mr Tilney pointed out that the opinion of the above association had been opposed, which showed that bye-laws were debatable subjects, and the fact that they had been certified by the Local Govern- ment Board did not remove them from that category. Ultimately Mr W. P. Thomas seconded a motion by the chairman that the Council resolve itself into committee, and an amendment wa,s proposed by Mr Tilney and seconded by Mr M. Adams that the matter be discussed in public. These were withdrawn, and a proposition by Mr W. Davies, seconded by Mr J. T. Williams, that Mrs Orton by agreement leave the district on the 17th January next, was adopted unanimously, with the exception of Mr Tilney. On the motion of Mr C7 B. Cooke, seconded by Mr W. Stewart, the surveyor was instructed to lay on gas to the building if required. -r"
CARDIFF TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION I COMMITTEE. On Tuesday evening a, meeting of the Technical Instruction Committee of Cardiff was held in the University College, Cardiff, Alder- man Trounce presiding temporarily. Mr T, H. Riches was re-elected chairman for the ensuing year, and Councillor Grossman as deputy- chairma,n.-On the motion of the Chairman (Mr Riches), a cordial voce of thanks was passed to Mr J. Munn, ex-deputy-chairman and com- mittees were appointed for next year. It was arranged that the committee should meet on the first Tuesday in each month at 8 o'clock, except in January when it will bo held on the second Tuesday. The meeting decided to ask Sir William Thomas Lewis to distribute the prizes to the art students, and open the art exhibition in January next.—The accounts for the year ended October 31et, 1897, were submitted and adopted. These showed that the income had been Y,6,430 6s, and the expenditure £6,448 3s 9d, there being thus a deficiency of £ 17 I7a 9d. The estimates for the session 1897-98 were—receipts £6,380 2s 3d, and expenditure £ 6.389 9s 5d. showing a balance down of £ 9 7s 2d. In addition to the expenditure stated £ 100 waf; estimated for apparatus and furniture. These were referred to the Finance Committee.
CLAIMING A METEORITE. Sir Robert Ball has an amusing story of a meteorite which fell on an American farm. It was claimed by the ground landlord, because the lease reserved to him all minerals and metals on the land. It was also claimed by the tenant on the score that it was not in the ground when the lease was made. The landlord then required it as 11 flying game." The tenant, however, pleaded that it had neither wings nor feathers, and asserted his right to it as ground game. While the dispute was raging, the revenue officers siezed it as an article which had been introduced into fifee country, without payment of duty.
ANTICIPATIONS. Although the weather at Gatwick was damp and cold, it was by ro means a bad day for racing. The break in the weather was welcomed, as otherwise it is probable that owing to the severe frost in the district during the last few days the meeting must have been postponed. Most of the competitors arrived this morning from their respective stables, and a large number of visitors assembled to witness the sport, which proved very interesting. For the first race, the Timberham Hurdle Race, Billyboy was favourite at 3 to 1, and brought home the prize easily. Lil II. proved the good thiug she looked for the Winter Steeplechase, which she secured from Ballymoney. The Rusper Hurdle Race fell to Vic, who was in less demand than two others, while the National Hurdle Race, the chief event of the afternoon, was won by Irish Girl, who defeated Dusky Queen by half a length. Deer- stalker luckily carried off the Tinsley Selling Steeplechase. Backers, who had been very for- tunate in their transactions throughout the afternoon, wound up their performance in good style by laying 6 to 5 on Westmeath, who appro- priated the Pegasus Steeplechase, the last event of the afternoon. For the concluding day my selections arc as follows:— Courtland Steeplechase-MIss TENNYSON. Horsham Hurdle Race—ABERDEEN or GOLF BALL. Merstham Maiden Hurdle Race-RFGRET or L.\HOilE.. Novices' Steeplechase-FIRST ROYAL or MILL GIRL. Metropolitan Steeplechase-PRINCE ALBERT or NORTON. Croydon Hurdle Handicap—EXNING BELLE or ¡LOYALTY. Tuesday Night. VIGILANT.
GATWICK DECEMBER MEETING. GATWICK, TUESDAY. 1.0—The TIMBERHAM HURDLE RACE of £100; selliug allowance. Two miles. Capt. Powell's Billyboy, 3y 10st 71b Mr Lord 1 Mr Cohen's Tinder Box, 3y lOst 71b .Mr Hampton 2 Mr J. Histe's East Anglian, 5y lOst 71b .Birch 3 Mr E. Woodland' Waternioutl5,6yl2stP.Wood!and 0 00, Mr E. Woodland's Kree Fifiht.Gy i2st.K. Woodland 0 Mr C. S. Bell's Chillingwortli,3y 10stl21b. W.Taylor 0 Mr J. Widger's Normanton, 3y lOst 71b.T. I'itton 0 Mr C. Hibbert's AspiDall, 3y lOst 71b.R. Nightingall 0 Mr Vinev's Nancy Cole, 5y lOst 71b Viney 0 Winner trained privately. Betting—3 to 1 agst Billyboy, 7 to 2 each agst Chillin» worth and Normanton, 8 to 1 agst Tinder Box, and 10 to 1 agst others. On settling down Nancy Cole made the running from Tinder Box and Waterraouth, with Chilling- worth, free Fight, and Normanton next and Aspinall in the rear, until two hurdles from homo, where Tinder Box assumed the command, but gave way Rfter jumping the last hurdle to Billyboy, who won by three lengths; four lengths dividing second and third. Nancy Cole was fourth, Normanton fifth, and Free Fight last. Billyboy was sold to Mr Spalding for 18Egs. 1.30—The WINTER STEEPLECHASE (handicap) of £100; second receives Xio. Two miles. Mr C. Douglas Lane's Lil II., 5y 12st 41b .Sherlock 1 Mr C. S. W. Reeve's Bailymoney, 6y list 91b .Neill 2 Mr R. Thirlwell's Seaport II., a 12st lib Acres 3 Mr E. H. Ashmore's Mysore, 5y lOst lGlb Lilford 0 Winner trained by Sydney, Lewes. Betting-G to 5 agst Lil II., 5 to 2 agsfc Seaport II., 9 to 2 agst Bailymoney, and 7 to 1 agst Mysore. Ballymoney made the running from Lil II. for half the journey, when the latter draw to the front, and after being again headed in the straight went away and won by three Lmgths; the same distance divided second and third. Mysore refused. 2.0—1The RUSPER HURDLE RACE of -XIOO second receives X5; winner to be sdld for -050, Two miles. Miss F. R. Norria's Yic, 5y !2st 21b Hogan 1 Mr C. Hibbert's Golf Ball, 4y list 91b li.Nightingall 2 Mr St. -T. priaulx's Perivale, 3v lOst 51b .Mr Lord 3 Mr E. Woodland's Benzie, a 12st 21b.H. Woodland 0 Mr W. Pocock's Dead Shot, 4y list 91b .Holland 0 Mr J. Widger's Gran us! e, 4y list 91b Morgan 0 Mr A. Sydney's Ariskracrat, 3y lOst 51b.H. Sydney 0 Mr F. Fitton's Lord Hnnsdon, 3y lOst 51b Wills 0 Mr E. Woodland's Divining ltod, 3y lOst 51b P. Woodland 0 Mr Lukio's Bay Bessie, 3y JOst 51b .Bland 0 Winner trained by Morgan, Portslade. Betting—2 to 1 agst Vic, 9 to 2 agst G-olf Ball, 5 to 1 agst Perivale, 7 to 1 agst Granuale, and 10 to 1 ag"b others. Granuale made play from Lord Hunsdon, Ariska- crat, and Vic, with Divining Rod next and Penzie last, until entering the straight, where Bay Bessie assumed the command from Vic, Granuale, and Golf Ball, of whom Vic drew to the front two hurdles from home, followed by Golf Bull, and won by four lengths; the same distance dividing second and third. Ariskracrat was fourth,Divining Rod fifth, and Lord Hunsdon last. Vic was sold to Mr C. Hibbert for 150ers. 2.30—The NATIONAL HURDLE RACE (handicap) of £ 200 second receives IZ20. Two miles. Mr 11. c. Dawson's Irish Girl, 4v lOst 101b Gourley 1 Mr Ridaington's Dusky Queen, 6y list lib Mr 1. Ward 2 Mr S. Wickins's Sam, 4y list lib A. Birch 3 Mr 1. ,T. Rose's Fossicker, 5y 12st 51b J.Jones 0 Mr E. M&rchanfc's Melton Prior, 6v lOst 101b Fitton 0 Mr Hibbert's Sicily Queen, 4y 10si SlbR.Nightingall 0 Mr Herrey de Montmorency's Bonnie Dundee, 4y lOst 41b .Owner 0 Mr Dobell's RugbyCement, 4y lOst 31b R. Cha'oner 0 Mr Glenister's Pretty Correct, 4y lOst 21bMatthews 0 Winner trained privately. Betting—2 to 1 agst Dusky Queen, 4 to 1 agst Pretty Correct. 9 to 2 agst Irish Girl, 8 to 1 each agst Sam and Melton Prior, 10 to 1 each agst Bonnie Dundee and Rugby Cement, and 100 to 8 agst oth, Sam cut out the work from Fossicker, Bonnie Dundee, and Rugby Cement, with Irish Girl, Pretty Correct, and Dusky Queen next, whilst Sicily Queen, who tried to bolt, was soon tailed off and was pulled up. Along the far side Sam continued to lead until two hurdles from home, where Irish Girl drew to the front followed by Dusky Queen and won by half a length; three lengths divided second and third. Bonnie Dundee was fourth. 3.0—TINSLEY SELLING STEEPLE- CHASE of £100; second receives i25 out of the race; the winner to be sold for CSO. Two miles. Mr J. Widger's Deerstalker, a list 111b "Hogan 1 Mr E. Woodland's Orepu, p, list 111h.P.Wondland 2 Mr J. Gatland's Ormistor., 5y list 81b .D. Read 3 Mr Martin D. Hacker's Briarwood, a list 111b Iludd 0 Mr C. Hibbert's Auric, 5y list 81b Dollery 0 Winner trained by Morgan, Portslade. Betting—5 to 4 agst Deerstalker, 7 to 2 agst Ormis- ton, 4 to 1 agst Auric, and 8 to 1 each agst Crcpu and Briarwood. Ormiston made the running from Deerstalker tili halfway up the straight, where Crepu drew to the front, but Deerstalker came again and won by three- pa rt-s of a length; four lengths divided second and third. Auric fell.; The winner was sold to Mr Watson for nOgs, 3.30—The PEGASUS STEEPLECHASE (handicap) of £100; second receives jElO. Three mnc. Mr F. Leyland's Westmeath, a, 12st 51b W. Taylor 1 Miss F. E. Norris's Wild Man from Borneo, a 12st 71b Mr T. J. Widger 2 Mr Hendry's Michaelmas, a lOst 111b .H. Sydney 0 Winner trained by Hardie, Epsom. Betting—S to 5 on Westmeath, 7 to 4 agst Wild Man from Borneo, and 5 to 1 agst Michaelmas. The winner made all the running and won by two lengths. Michaelmas feli.
TO-DAY'S PROGRAMME. 1.0.—The CROYDON HURDLE HAN- DICAP of £100; the second receives £10. Two miles. Capt. E. Loder's Mena Perkins a 12 7 Capt. E. Loder's.Lahore (101b ex) .Perkins 4 12 6 aMr R. C. Dawson's Irish Girl (101b ex) E. Woods 4 12 6 aMr S. Wickins's Sam Riste 4 12 3 Mr A. Thirl well's Playwright Rustell a 11 12 Mr J. liare's Punch Ladle Gatland 4 11 7 Mr F. WT. Usher's Glentworth .Fitton a 11 6 Miss P. Pott's Pimpa Goddard 6 11 5 aMr E. Crawford's Scale Sydney 5 11 4 Mr R. Savage's Coastguard Owner 4 11 4 Lord Derby's Carton Pierre.G. Lambton 4 11 4 aMr A. Yates's Head Lad Swatton 5 11 3 Mr C. Agar's Exning Belle Prince 5 11 3 aMr Knight's Loyalty Wheeler a 11 3 Mr G. Parker's Lady Sophie.Owner 4 11 1 Mr P. Barratt's Lord Godolphin .Owner 4 11 1 Mr C. Agar's Little Cicestrian Prince 4 11 1 Capt. Howard's Florerldean Russell 5 11 0 aMr C. A. Brown's Tours.Beatty 6 11 0 Mr R. S. Fry's Monseigneur Fitton a 11 0 Lord Itossmore's Farthington Sydney 4 11 0 Mr A. Yates's Van John Swatton 4 11 0 Mr C.Brown's La Masquerade. A. Nightingall 4 11 0 Mr Galting's St. Anthony Swatton a 10 13 aMr Barter's Settee Escott 4 10 13 Mr W. Downe's Zethus Owner 4 10 13 Mr Swan's Royal Charter IL Acres 6 10 13 Mr Astley's Curds and Whey Wheeler 4-10 12 Mrs Freeman's Coconas Freeman 5 10 12 Mr Hibbert's Napoleon the Great W. Nightingall 4 10 11 aMr Glenister's Pretty Correct Wheeler 10 11 aCol. G. Moore's The Weevil Burbidge 4 10 11 Mr T. Hen,rt<ield's Titchueld Wheeler 3 10 10 Mr S. E. Hipwell's Ootacamund.Hollebone 4 10 8 Mr H. Luke's William the Fourth Owner 3 10 7 Mr E. J. Rose's Glenbrynn McKic 3107 Mr W. Goddaxd's Wag Eldridge .Young 310 3 1.30-The COURTLAND STEEPLE- CHASE (handicap) of £100; the winner to be sold for.250. Two miles. aMr Lincoln's Canobie a 12 7 aMr C. Tabor's Ooenraad a 12 5 Miss Norris's Lena Dacre 6 12 5 aMr E. Woodland's Crepa a 12 1 aMiss Norris's Miss Tennyson a 11 31 aMr O. H. Jone's FifctleWorth 5 11 10 0 aMr A. Rubbaxd's Call Boy 5 11 0 2.0—MERSTHAM MAIDEN HURDLE RACE of £50; second receives XIO. Two miles. aMr B. Crawford's Scale Sydney 5 12 S r F. Bartatt's Lord Godolphin Owner 4 12 1 Capt. Eustace Loder's Lahore Perkins 4 12 1 Mr R- Marsh's Deep Level Owner 4 12 1 Mr Reginald Ward's Regret Russell 4 12 1 aMr E. Woodland's Leonatus .Owner 4 12 1 Mr Alton's Nantucket Swatton 3 10 10 Mr F. B. Atkinson's Young Tacitus.Escott 3 10 10 Lord W. Beresford's Blueskin W ill son 3 10 10 Mr M. Brown's Picalili Gatland 3 10 10 Mr R. Buckworth's Ben Roe .Riste 3 10 10 aMr Cohen's Tinder Box F. Barratt 3 10 10 Mr E. Crawford's Albany Sydney 3 10 10 Mr H. Escott's Longchalks .Owner 3 10 10 Mr D. J. Keswick's Huff .Private 3 10 10 Mr T. McMahon's, jun., Irigh Field.Rooney 3 10 10 Mr V. Marske's Virginian Rose .Downes 3 10 10 Mr C. Mills's, jun., Orphee .W. Barratt 3 10 10 aLord Rossmore's Windlass II Sydney 3 10 10 Mr Thurgarton's Clondalkin Schwind 3 10 10 Sir H. de Trafford's Harvard Swatton 3 10 10 Mr A. Simmonds's Scroggius.Private 2.30—The METROPOLITAN STEEPLE- CHASE (handicap) of £ 200; second receives £ 20. Three miles. aMr Reginald Ward's Ca.tlu..1.Swattoll a 12 7 Nfr J. S. Fortes's Prince Albert Collins a 12 6 aMiss F. E. Norris's Wild Man from Bomeo Widger a 12 1 aMr C. G. M. Adams's Drogheda Private 5 11 13 Mr E. T. Heaven's Norton. Owner a 11 13 Mr C. P. Slirubb's Ludgershall Collins 6 11 9 Mr W. C. Keeping's The Seer Wheeler a 11 7 aMr .T. M. 'V:tJpolo'E\ New Abbey .Swatton a 11 5 Mr J. T. Bulteel's Primrose Dame.Gregor a 11 0 Mr E. C. Smith's Goldfish .J. Cannon 6 10 12 Mr A. A. Clark's Hurlev Gatland 6 10 9 Mr R. Thirlwell's Gladness Rustell a 10 8 Mr C. Hibbert's Fool's Paradise W. Nightingall 6 10 8 aLord Rossmore's Bally&lbany Sydney 6 10 7 Mr W. Harris's Corner Gatland 6 10 7 Mr W. C. Keeping's Balmy WTieeler 4 10 5 Mr T. A. Motion's Whitehaven.G. Marsh 4 10 0 3.0—The HORSHAM HURDLE RACE (handicap) of 9100; the winner to be sold for £58. Two miles. aMr S. Woodland's Aberdeen 5 12 7 aBCss Norris's Miss Tennyson- a 12 5, aMr R. Thirlwell's High Glee 5 12 C eMr C. Hibbert's Golf Ball 5 11 12 aMr F. Usher's Spring Grass 4 11 10 aMr J. Widger's Granuale 411 6 aMr J. Jackson's Melancthon 6 11 4 aMr Bleackley's Cric Crac 511 4 aMr Glenister's Cha.ngcling 6 11 2 aMr W. Burbidge's Bumble Bee 5 11 2 aMr A. Yates's Dromeus 4 11 0 aMr C. S. Bell's Chilling-worth 310 9 aLord Shrewsbury's Apertys 3 10 3 aMr E. Woodland's Divining Rod 5 10 3 3.30—The NOVICES' STEEPLECHASE (handicap) of £ 100; the second to receive £10. Two miles. Lord W. Beresford's Shaker Ireland 4 12 7 aMr H. Escott's First Royal Owner 612 7 Mr E. Woodland's The Roller.Owner 5 12 4 Mr A. Yates's President Swatton a 12 3 F. D. Leylond's Athleta (71b em) Hardie 412 0 Capt. C. Howard's Florendean Russell 5 11 12 Mr M. Rucker's Lucien (71b ex) Bennett 411 9 aMr 11. C. Dawson's Mill Girl.E. Woods 4 11 8 Mr C. Brown's La *vIa,qticrade A. Nightingall 411 5 Mr A. Lawson's Lambel Swatton 5 11 2 Mr Swan's Pope's Eye .Acres 411 0 Mr E. O. Bleackley's Trencher Parkes 411 0 Capt. Machell's Balsham G. Chaloner 3 disq. ADDITIONAL ARRIVALS. Watermonth, Free Fight, Chillingworth, Tinder Box, Aspinall, East Anglian, Nancy Cole, Lil II., Seaport II., Mysore, Red Heart, Fossicker, Dusky Queen, Sam, Irish Girl, Melton Prior, Sicily Queen, Bonnie Dundee, Storm, Briarwood, Crepu, Deerstalker, Ormiston, Auric, Fittleworth, Wild Man from Borneo, Westmeath, Michaelmas, Ballmoncv, Scale, Leonatus, Tinder Box, Windlass II., Cathal, Prince Albert, Drogheda, Eall\alh;mv, Lovaltv, Settee, Pretty Correct, Weevil, Totirs, New Abbey. Y, Canobie, Dromeus, Head Lad, Mill Girl, Aberdeen, Tennyson, High Glee, Spring Grass, Melancthon, Changeling, Bumble Bee, Apteryx, and Coenraad. STARTING PRICES. GATWICK, PRICES. NO. OF — A RACE. KUN'EPLS. WINNER. portsmin.Sp rVnqTjife. Timberham. 9 Billyboy 3 to 1 ag 3 to 1 ag Winter 4 Lil II 6 to 5aj 6 to 5 ag Rusper 10 Vic 2 to lag 2 to lag National 9 Irish Girl 9 to 2 ag 9 to 2 a;; imsley 5 Deerstalker. 5 to 4 ag 5 to 4 as Pegasus 3 Westmeath. 6 to 5 on 6 to 5 on i OFFICIAL SCRATCHINGS. (SUPPLIED BY JTESSBS WEATHERBY) Broxhiils Steeplechase, Leicester—F'mng Jib. Leicester engagements—La Masquerade. December Hurdle, Leicester—Darmstatter. All handicap** at Leicester—Scale. Elvaston S.eeplechase, Nottingham-Paxmys. Gatwick Handicaps—Scale. Gatwick ellgagenwnts-La Masquerade. All engagements—Filly by Senanus out of Corniche, Cepha,loni" !ii (,Ivrs.), rLit,%u. All :L in Mr R. C. Garton's name, in- cluding Epsom—Viva lilly (2vrs.). All handicaps where the weights have appeared— Mena, Lahore, Shaker.
THE NEWMARKET SALES. At New-market Mr Somerville Tattersall on Tues- day opened the annual December sales at Park Paddocks, Newmarket. The weather was exceedingly favourable, but although there was a fairly large com- pany buyers were limited, and a number of animals were sold very cheaply, the highest price in the first 40 lots being 200gs paid by Mr Allison for mare by Brag out of Fiddler's Wife. From the same stud R. Marsh secured a handsome yearling son of Ocean Wave and Cipoletta tor 350gs. The Prince of Wales sent two brood mares from Sandringham-namely, Marguerite by Galopin, and Pin Basket, dam of Safety Pin, by Hampton. Each brought 30;)g. Mr Paton taking the first named and Mr Allison the other. Mr Houldsworth sent several highly bred mares, but neither reached the reserve Later on came an improvement, Mr Arthur James's brood mares selling well. For Delight, a beautiful daughter of Hampton, M. Blanc gave 260gs. whilst for Layetta, by Carlton out of Wedlock, dam of Best Man, Captain Caillault gave 330gs. She is covered by Marcion. Miss Snap, by Marden out of Sylvia, dam of Royal Neil, who iiad been sent from Ireland, brought 310gs., the buyer being Mr Ranoeci. Foreigners now and then got cheap lots, whilst Watson secured Normania, a brood mare by St. Simon from Josyan, for 910gs. She has been covered by both Best Man and Orme. The well known mare Caller Herrin was withdrawn at 530gs. From the Ligamaddy Stud Partition, an Isomony mare, brought 630gs, Mr B. Ellam securing her. Silver Fox, who was much fancied for the Derby by .-his connections, excited some brisk bidding, but was withdrawn at 650gs. His own sister, Silver Salver (2 years), how- ever, went to Mr Hare for 240gs., and a foal by Bend Or out of Pea, Sbeil in the same ownership went cheaply to Mr Brabaaon for 310gs. He is a real good looking one. For Tinebell, a well-bred brood mars by Tynedale, Mr Allison paid 500gs. Much interest was aroused by offering some animals in training from Galtee More's stable, the property of Captain Greer. The highest price realisccl was 500gs for Morning, n. half-sister to Kilcock, her sire being Kendal. The crack two year old Bittern did not reach his reserve, being withdrawn at 2,100gs, whilst Deepdene was withheld at 600gs. Mr Wallace Johnstone's Stewarton brought SOOgs, Mr Peachey being the purchaser.
NEWMARKET TRAINING NOTES. NEWMAEKET, Tuesday.—On the Bury side. Black- well's Sybarite and Quibble II. galloped six furlongs Dumbarton, Galashiels, Pinfold, Moiety colt, Angelot, La Sagesse, and Sand lilly went five furlongs. Enoch's, sen., Amatonga and Royal Warden went the same distance. Manser's Velino, Orontes colt, Gaiety colt, and Alarm filly covered six furlongs. Sherwood's Cavenham and Sarum went five furlongs. Sharp's Golden Rule galloped six forlcngs. Watson's Moor and Vatel had a "similar gallop Guisla, Cretan Belle, Mess Hose, Souveraine, Little Bob, Bridegroom II., Scotch Wisdom, Gay Lothair, J a que mart, and Allegro covered live furlongs. R. Chaloner's Tyroleso galloped two miles Bonny Mary colt leading her the last mile. G. n-jiles Bonny Mary colt leading her the last mile. G. Dawson's Waritage, Chancery, Simple Aveu, Hydran- gea, and Nah-ma-Wusk cantered live furlongs. J. Dawson's, jun., Faute de ATioux, Villiers, Mackimmie, Pheon, and Bridgwater were similarly employed. Gurry's White Prince, Eccles Cross, Waterhead, Norah Sandys, Maria Dorothea, and Dolman cantered five furlongs. J. Dawson's, sen., Newbury, Angus, and Stewarfcon cantered five furlongs. On the Racecourse side, Mumford's Waxy gal- loped two miles over hurdles Deep Level going a mile and a quarter. G. Chaloner's Swords and Hattie galloped nearly two miles on the tnrf; Constantino, Saro3, and The Bogey went a mile and a half over hurdles; Greenhill and Balsham galloped the same I distance on the turf.
HUNTING APPOINTMENTS. (xLJAMUIW A NSHIRK HOUNDS. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Llanharran House, at 10.45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at St. Nicholas, at 10.45 p.m. YSTRAD FOXHOUNDS. Friday, Dec. 10, at Lewis Arms, Pentvrch, at 10 a.m. CARMARTHENSHIRE FOXHOUNDS. Friday, Dec. 10, at Sarnau Station, at 10.45 a.m. PEMBROKESHIRE HOUNDS. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Tnfton Arms, at 11 a.m. TIVY-SIDE FOXHOUNDS. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Cilwendeg Park, at 10.45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Nevern, at 11 a.m. Jocim, 111, 150. Jockey Special-xlnxlz. green, Bantry. SPOJUTN-G LUCK.—27, 60, 79. SPORTING WOULD.-7, 14, 13, 37, 49, 82. Suhsc:-iLcrs- Eon. DIAMOND.—29, 40, 84. Eureka wired Lil II,, Westmeath. MANCHESTER SPORTSMAN SPECIAL.—H, 16* G, 21; K, 8 or 20. GAJ_S LTCKNSED VICTUALLERS' MHIE or..—Ath- leta. Gave Lil II. yesterday and in occasional wires, £1 for eight, Irish Girl. MIDDLEHAM OPINION (MENTOR) wired Lil, Westmeath, apple selection, and Dusky Queen win and place. P, 9 pear G, 13 J, 24 primus; Canobie. Telegrams for Leicester, 3s 5d; Plumpton, 2s — —Mentor, Middleham. PERSONALLY Working Commission for connec- tions Leicester. Real extra. Equal past successes. Post 2s 6d. Big s.p. job selling (another Settee, tions Leicester. Real extra. Equal past successes. Post 2s 6d. Big s.p. job seUing (another Settee, Gordito) Friday, 2s 6d.—F. Webb, P.O., Leicester. I Caspar Leon, who is considered the best lad in America at about 7st 51b, is shortly coming to England. George Grassland who is matched to run Len Hurst ten miles on February 5th, has just com- menced his training at Morecambe. It is said that Mr Reginald Ward had £ 500 on Romeo at Sandown and £ 1,000 on Cathal to try and get it back. This is bad luck indeed. The two Irish-trained timber toppers, Mena and Shaker, having both won a race during their short stay in this country, have beep sent back to the Curragli. The silver tailed gelding Nepcote, who so often carried the olive green and white of Mr J. A. Miller, has joined Swatton's team at Alresford. He is now owned by Mr Lincoln. Mr J. J. Parkinson, the Irish sportsman, who purchased Baccarat after the latter had won the Moore Place N. H. Flat Race at Sandown on Saturday, has decided to follow the e-zainple of Mr R. C. Dawson, and has sent his horses to England for the jumping season. They will be trained in the neighbourhood of Shrewsbury. The wagering as between Tavora and St. George for the Canterbury Steeplechase at Wye Monday was close, but the former had a decided call at Sagfall. The favourite came to grief, and St. George could finish no nearer than third to Novice, who is a fairly useful filly over a country, as it will be remembered she won at Chelmsford. Contrary to all accepted ideas (says 11 Vigi- lant ") a sprinter, if he be started in a race beyond his distance, will often do best, not merely to wait behind—if thero be only two or three runner?— but to jump off and go at best pace for half a mile or so, by the end of which time he will have so demoralised his field he can take a pull and yet never let them get on their legs again. An instance of this class of race was known at Ascot when St. Angelo beat Sir Hugo. It was purely a question of speed in the first six fur- ioiig,t, but Sir Hugo's attempt to live with the speedy son of Galopin for that distance so com- pletely beat him that St. Angelo could have gone away and left him had the distance been suddenly increased to three miles. .f:>
PONTYPRIDD SCHOOL BOARD. The monthly meeting of the Pontypridd I School Board war-; held on Tuesday, l\J1' Jones Richards presiding. A letter was read from the Education Department, in reference to the management or the Hafod Board Schools. They stated that they had received a letter from the Ystrad School Board asking them to sanction their proposal to convert part of the schools into a pupil teacher's centre and a deaf and dc.mb school and so shut out the children from the Pontypridd School Board district. They (the Department) could not sanction such a proposal, as the Pontypridd Board were not able to obtain land for the extension of their schools. The Department suggested that both boards should ask the County Council to extend one of the parishes so as to allow the school to be in one parish and not in two as at present.—The board resolved to write the County Council accordingly. —It was decided to pay the Llantrisant School Board 1170 as & settlement of the account owed to them on the taking over of Pwllygwaun School.—Mr David Griffiths, Pontypridd, was appointed clerk of works^ to superintend the building of the new Board Schools in Lan Wood. —Prior to the meeting of the board the members visited the new scTaools in Lan Wood, and memorial stones were laid by the chairman, vice- chairman (Rev. Joshua Thomas), and the clerk (Mr D. Nulton Jones), to whom silver trowels were presented by the contractor and architect. The remaining members also laid memorial g z4 stones on the site of the infan t schools.
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LATEST MARKETS. I LIVERPOOL PROVISION MARKET. I LIVERPOOL, Tiiesday.-Bacon-Tlie market gene- rallv presents a steady appearance, and late quota- tions are repeated except for clear bellies, which command a slight advance in price owing to narrow- ing supplies. On the other hand Cumberland cut is freely otferc j, and tends further in buyers' favour. A fair consumptive business is again recorded. Irish and Continental bacon are in fair consumptive re- quest at previous quotations. Shoulders—New Yorks mainta,in late values owing to scarcity, but square cuts are a dull sale and easier in price. Hanis-a good demand is experienced for light averages at enhanced rates, but other sizes stili a poor sale at unchanged currencies. Lard is firmlv held and quotations a shade higher, owing to better cable advices from the States. Cheese arc in moderate demand, and really finest goods tend in sellers' favour. Butter has a quiet sale at easier prices for finest Danish, but other descriptions are without alteration. Eggs-Irish only in moderate request at late rates. Canadians meet a good inquiry, without change. Beef and pork on the spot are in small supply, and bting an advance on previous currencies. CURRENT QUOTATONS. Beef, extra Indian mess 65s Od to 72s 6d Pork, prime mess, Western 51s 3d to 56s 3d Bacon, per 1121b8. Waterford 53s Od to 56s Od Continental 54s Od to 5Ss Od American- Long clear, 35-451bs average 32s 6d to 34s 6d Short clear, 45-501bs ditto 28s Od to 23s 6d Short rib, 18-301bs ditto 36s Od to 37s Od Cumberland cut, 26-381bs ditto 32s Od to -7>4s Od Stafford cut, 38-40Ibs ditto 35s Od to 37s Od Clear bellies. 14~201bs ditto 38s Od to 43s Od Short clear backs, 12-201bs ditto 31s Od to 34s Od Shoulders, N.Y. cut, ll-131bs 29s Od to 30s Od Ditto square cut 2-33 Od to 33s Od Rams, per 1121bs. Long cut, 14-16 average. 35s Od to 42s Od Short cut, 12-16 32s Od to 40s Od Lard, per 112,lbs.-Prime Western Steam, 23s Od to 2353d. American 7tefmcd Lard.—281b. pads, 25s Od to 255 6d 1121b. firkins. 24s Od to 24s 6d. Cheese, per 1121bs.-Finest States and Canadian, new, 42s Od to 43s Od.. Butter, per l.l21bs— Danish, choice, 114s to 118s Canadian and States, 60s to 100s Irish creameries, 110s to 112s; Irish factories, 88s to 02; Finest margarine, 57s to 60s medium, 47s to 52s low, 32s to 40s. Eggs, per 120.-Irish hen,10s 6t1 to lis 6d: Continental, j fresh, 65 all to 8s Gd Danish, nominal Canadian, fresh, 8s 3d to 9s 3d Cauadian, pickled, 6s 3d to IMPORTS OF PKOVIiilON'S. oT mS o tt • "j l~ V N NS CCRO O C OJ<! 051—J g§ §s sj bg ga ga jl~ To-day 5703 400; 250J 6085} 109? 314| 215 This week 45221 400: 250! 8589, 1214] 352 232 This year S41444!25?12:18901Sa094413i2;\5455 43016 40275 Last year. 458004,34352 124S88 1067750,205009 38995 42106 I-- I LIVERPOOL PRODUCE MARKET. LIVERPOOL, Tuesday.—Cane sugar is firm and in request, and Peruvians" are selling to a fair extent at full prices ordinary to fine quoted at 8s to lis per cwt. for syrups and grainy. Messrs Tate's quota- tions:—Crystals— No. 1, 13s 3d; small, 13s" IJd; No. 2, 12s 9d; granulated — standard, 12s 7jd; coarse, 13s fine, 13s ld. Coffee has more inquiry 750 bags bold berry sold at SSs transit, but this price was refused for a further 400 bags at auction 21 barrels Jamaica sold at 15s to 94s per cwt. Cocoa very quiet; African offers at 50s to 57s per cwt. Rice steady on spot, with more inquiry, but new crop to arrive remains neglected. Sago flour steady at 7s 9d per cwt. spot. Tapioca flour steady; line on spot 9s 3d to 9s 6d, and 8s sa to arrive. Flax continues nominal owing to want of stocks. Cottonseed quiet, but prompt Egyptian held for £4 1Gs 3d, and Y4 15s quoted for December SO bags Per- nam sold at auction at £3 109 quay. OanaryEeed— fair average; Turkish remains slow, with sellers at 26s to 26s 6d per 4641bs. Linseed firm on the spot; Turkish has been cleared at a further alvince 37s 6d to 38s paid for 300 bags quay and store. The recent arrival of River Plate is reported as sold, but so far particulars have not transpired. Coir Narn-317 bundles and 5,831 dholls sold at auction at £ 7 to £ 14 2s 6d per ton for sound and 6:'8 for wet and damaged. Castor oil continues very quiet at 3Iid per lb for French an,1 Calcutta on spot. Calcutta to arrive dull, and 2gd would probabiy buy December-January shipments. Palm oil continues firm, but trading is still of a retail character Lagos quoted at £21 10s transit. Olive oil has improved as regards demand, but quotations continue on the easy side spot Candia offers at S32 10s per tun. Linseed oil slow at 15s 6d to 16s in export: Cotton oil quiet at 14s 9d to 15s per cwt. for refined in exports. Tallow firm; home melt, 18s to 20s 6d as in quality. Petroleum very quiet; American refined, 5jd to 7d Russian, 4Jd to 5d but American spirits are now held for 5Jd to 6d par gallon. Resin steady at 4s 3d to 7s for common to fine. Turpentine steady at 24s C-d per cwt. CORN. HULL, Tuesday.—Small show of English wheat and prices rather easier, making 33s to 5Ss foreign and prices rather easier, making 33s to 5Ss foreign also slightly cheaper at 35s to 42s 6d per quarter. Barley of all descriptions in good demand, malting making 235 to 30s, and grinding 17s. Oats steady at 133 to 20s, n,nd beans 30s. Maize, 16s to 18s. Weather dull; southerly. LivjiBPOOL, Tuesday.—Wheat quiet; fully Id nnder Friday new Northern. 7s 5Xd to 7s 8d Kansas, 7s 3d to 7s 5d. Beans 9,1 under Friday-S,%il j, 2G;¡ 6d to 2Gs 9d. Oltts quiet and unchanged—new white, 2s 3d to 2s Sd yellow, 2s 2d to 2s 3d black, 2s Id to 2s 2d. Maize—a decline of Id brought more trade; mixed, 3s to 3s 2 £ dj to 3s 2 £ d. Flour unchanged. Weather—unsettled. CATTLE. ROATH, CAHDEST, Tuesday.—There was a large supply of cattle on offer -it our market to-day (chiefly Irish) of all grades, which met a quiet trade at about late rates. Sheep were not quite so plenti- ful, but trade being quiet there was quite sufficient for the requirements. Pigs were a large supply, and prices easier for all grades. No 'calves"were offered. Quotations:—Cattle—best steers and heifers, 56s per cwt.; secondary lots, 52s to 54s per cwt.; rough cows and bulls, 42s to 47s per cwt, Sheep- prime yearlings, 7d to 7%d per lb. for nice small weight's ewes, Gd to 6?,fd per lb.; shorn lambs, 7? £ d per 11). Pigs—baconers, 8s 6d to 9s per score middles, 9s 6d to 9s 9d porkers, small weights, 10s 3d to 10s 6d per score for choice extras sows, 6s 6d to 7a per score. There was a moderate at- tendance and a quiet trade all round, buyers holding back for Christmas supplies, there being but few finished ca.ttle at market. At the close considerable lots remained unsold. SALFOBD, Tuesday.—At market—cattle, 3,056—rates barely maintained; sheep, 6,875-trade improved calves, 108—poor demand. Quotations :—Cattle, 4d to 6d sheen, 6>id to 8%d calves, 5d to 7Jd per lb. BiBitrwiaAT.T, Tuesday. — Dull, cold weather. Fair supply throughout; slow trade in cattle and sheen; good demand for pigs. Beef,4d to 6^d; mutton, 5d to 8f;:d per lb.; bacon pigs—Irish, 8s 4d to 8s 6d; Welsh, 8s 8d sows, 7s per score. 5iBM. LONDON-, TtWê;I1a.y.-Good supplies, and trade very slow, with drooping tendency in prices. English beef, 3s Gcl to 3s 8d Scotch sides, 3s 8d to 4s shorts. 4s 2d to 4s 6d American, 3s to 3s 6d inferior, 2s to 2s d British mutton, 4s to 4s 8d foreign, 3s to 3s 8d veal, 3s 4d to 4s 8d pork, 3" 2d to 4s per 31bs. PRODUCE. LOKDOX, Tuesday.—Sugar—in public sales only 314 tons crystallised were offered, of which about half sold at about previous rates, prices ranging from lls 4Jd to 13s 6d. Home refined firm, with hardening teudčncy. Foreign goods, firm, granulated d dearer. Beet firm at 3d advance —December quoted 9s IJd January, 9s 3d February, 9s 3id March, 9s 4Jd. Coffee sales met a slow demand futures—Santos, 9d to Is dearer March quoted 32s. Cocoa sales met very slow demand and sold at 2s to 33 decline. Tea sales—green sold at about steady prices, over 21,000 packages Ceylon otiered and sold quietly, previous prices being about maintained, except for medium sorts, which went in buyers' favour. Rice quiet. Jute firmly held, but not active Turpentine, 23s 7M. Petroleum unchanged. BOTTEK. ConJr, Tuesday.—Prime, 99s. Ordiuary-firsts, 100s; seconds, 78s: thirds, 64s. Mild-cured-choice. 85s. Superfine, 108s; fine mild, 84s; mild, 63s. Choicest boxes, lOSs choice boxes, 86s. In market- 63 firkins, 57 mild, 9 boxes. s; T I G Alt. GLASGOW, Tuesday.—Market firm and dearer; good business done. The official report states:—Market firm improved demand at fully Saturday's prices. FISH. G?«MSBY, Tuesday.—Moderate supplies were landed by 23 and 13 smacks good demand. Soles, Is 4d to 19 7d brills, 9d lobsters, Is 6d per lb; plaice, 6s to 7s; lemon soles, lIs; wliitches, 6s live halibut. 8s Gd dead, 7s 6d per stone codling, 4s live cod, 8s to 10s: dead, 3s 6d to 5s; dead skate, 3s 6d .'ao'ii hake, 80s; live coalfish, 20s dead, 15s; roker 15s per score live dabs, 21s; kit haddocks, 10s to 153 per box. WOOL. LOJTDOX, Tuesday.-The concluding auctions of the present series of the London Colonial wool sales were held" to-day, the catalogues comprising 10,727 bales being brought forward, consisting principally of Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian, and South Australian wool. Fa.ir attendance of buyers, and sales closed firmly for most descriptions of wool compared with the closing rates of last series. Australasian merinos, super greasy, quoted at par medium and inferior do., 4d to J £ d".cheaper super- scoured at par medium and inferior %d cheaper; crossbrods at par to ^d cheaper. South African gu,) er-si-iow white. :id cheaper. The first series of the New Year is fixed to commence January ISth. HAY AND STRAW. LOVDON', Tuesday.—Good supplies and trade dull at the following o.,(! to prime "hay, 60s to 74s; inferior to fair do., 503 to 60s good to prime clover, 70s to 97s inferior to fair do., 50-t to 68s mixture and sainfoin, 50s to 85s; straw, 32s to 393 per load. METALS. LONDON, Tuesday.—Copper firm; moderate business — £ 48 7s 6d cash £ 48 15s t hree months. Tin steady small business — £ 62 13s 9d cash £ 63 6s 3d three months. Suelter, JElS Sa. nearest. Spanish lead quiet — £ 12 17s 6el to £ 13 English do.. £13 2, 6d to ZE13 5d Scotch pig iron, 44~ lid buyers, cash hematite, 47" 9 buyers, cash. Closing reportCopper steadv- £43 7s 6d cash zC48 15s three months. Tin steady, but quiet-. tr;, it,, C62 13s 9d cash; £ 63 6s 3d three months: Austra'ian, £ 63 5s to 10s; English ingots, £ 66. Spelter, CI8 5s, rather sellers. Spanish lead, £ 12 17s 6d English do., zEI3 is 6d. Scotch pig iron, 44s 113n.;d cash. G L VSGOW. Tuesday.—Market steady; small huslness. -Scotch done at 45s, 44s Hid, and 46s cash 43sl *d. 45s 2jd, and 4* 2d «ne month buyers, 44s 134d cash sellers, 45s. Cleveland, 40s 3d cash sellers, 40s 4*d, Cumberland hematite done at 47a IOd cash buyers 47s 9Jd cash sellers, 47s ICWd. Middlesbrough hema- tite—buyers, 49s 3d cash sellers, 43s 6d. tite—buyers, 49s 3d cash sellers. 49s 6d.
INTERNATIONAL CYCLING. I GREAT SIX DAYS' RACE. A great international six days' bicycle race I began on Monday morning in New York. The event was conducted on the same lines as the race held year, which was won by ''Teddy Hale, the Irish rider. This year the entries are more numerous than previously, and are of higher class. The best-known competitors are Hale (Ireland), Rivierre (Paris), Davidson (Canada), Cartwright (El nglan(l), and Waller (Germany). It is expested tha.t last year's record of 1,910 111;les will be beaten. The race commenced at 12.15 a.m., and at 3.15 p.m. the positions of the leaders were Waller, 315 miles Miller, 308 Rivierre, 298; Stepbane, 298 Schinnccr, 297 Pierce, 294 Moore, 291 Reading, 290 Halo, 281; Rice, 281 Ashinger, 277. The scoie at the end of 16 hours was :— Waller, 335; Miller, 324; Rivierre, 318; Stepbane, 316 Pierce, 313 Schinneer, 310 Moore, 308; Reading, 308; Rice. 300; Hale, 299; Ashinger. 297; Smith, 293. Twenty-eight riders were still on the track.
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GOSSIP AND COMMENTS. A case which is creating any amount of excite- ment in the North-East of England came before the South Shields magistrates, when a summons for assault was granted against S. Dunning, a prominent member of the West Hartlepool Rugby team, the allegation being that he threatened and struck W. G. Batv, the captain of the South Shields Club, when the teams met on the latter's ground on the 13th November. It is rare for two football teams to meet four times in the same cup tie. Yet such has been the experience of Mexborough and Doncaster Rovers. They faced each other for the last time at Barns- ley yesterday, and at half-time the record wasont goal each. The second period was brimful ol excitement, but Mexborough added a goal, and so won by two to one. Next Saturday Mex- borough have to play Gainsborough Trinity for the right to take part in the competition proper, which commences on January 29th. Mr G. Rowland Hill, the hon. secretary of the Rugby Union, has improved in health, though his progress towards recovery is very slow. He hopes, however, to be present at the North v. South match at Carlisle ou December 18th, when an important full committee meeting of the Union will be held. Mr J. Walter H. Thorpe, the acting chairman of the Northern members of the Rugby Union Committee, has called a meet- ing of his colleagues for Thursday afternoon next at the Queen's Hotel, Leeds, for the purpose of selecting the North team—a task which this year is likely to be one of considerable difficulty, seeing that really brilliant players are few, and that there are so many men of average merit. The end of Oxford University Michaelmas term of Rugby football was reached on Saturday. when the team gained ar easy enough win over Trinity College, Dublin. The Dark Blues have yet to experience a def jat, and that they are of especial strength has been testified by their victories over teali.5 like Blackheath and Edinburgh Academicals. A. R. Smith and his men are said to constitute the best Oxford side that has played since H. Vassall's lot, who so revolutionised the game of Rugby foot- ball. Combination is the secret of their success, while their captain is proving what has over and over again been argued, that he was lost at fnii back. lie is possessed of immense pace and scoring powers. At three-quarter he and T. A. Nelson, a young Scotchman, are most dangerous. The latter is in his third year, but was reckoned too light until this season. He has very stfe hands and is a grand scorer. The power of Cambridge seems to be among their forwards, who are big, strong fellows, fit for any amount of work. The halves, too, are .clever. while O. G. Mackie's presence among the three- quarters must be of great service to the less experienced men. Oxford will certainly start favourites for the Inter-'Varsity match, but stranger things than a Cantab success have hap- pened before now.
ENGLISH CRICKETERS IN AUSTRALIA,. RANJITSINHJI'S ILLNESS. All lovers of the noble game of cricket will rejoice to hear that Prince lianjitsinhji's illness has taken a favourable tarn The quinsey has broken; but this malady is so weakening that he will be unable to play for a fortnight. This is the latest news from Sydney. Just as Rar.ji was absent from the first test match at Lord's in 1895 against Harry Trott's team, so will he be denied the opportunity of playing in the first great representative encounter of Stod- dart's second tour. In England it was a question of birth in Australia it is purely a matter of hea.lth. GOSSIP FROM DOWN UNDER." An Australian contemporary, gossiping about Stoddart's team, says that Wainwright, referring to the nature of the ground, remarked, It is a revelation to us." He had been told that the wickets of the colonies were good but he con- fesses he never expected to find such a pitch as that "prepared on the city oval. The Yorkshire- man says the experience is almost like learning the game anew." Before he left England Mr Stoddart was en- trusted with a commission by Mrs A J. Webbe, the wife of the well-known English ama.teur. It was to secure the names in her book, a copy of Grace's work, of all the first-class cricketers of Australia. The English captain made a good start by getting those of the leading South Australian players. An Adelaide lady who j collects the autographs of celebrities has been fortunate enough to secure the signatures of the whole of the members of Stoddart's team. Australians have been honoured with a Fijian Prince, bont on shining at cricket. George Giffen has given him some practice. The Fijian Prince shaped really well to the Australian champion, and he thinks that with practice he would be- come a fair bat. Giffen has some new material from England for cricket trousers, and he wanted to present the Prince with a pair made from it. The Prince however declined the offer, ) stating that he had no use for them. How's that ? said Giffen. The Prince replied, 1 have no use for them." No use," said Giffen. Don't you wear them when you play?" The candid Fijian cricketer explained that in his country when playing cricket he only ca,il.ed into service a. loin cloth. Prior to taking his departure by the Melbourne express Giffen presented the Prince with one of his Dest bats, on which he inscribed his name.
LOCAL FAIRS DURING DECEMBER. i Caxmarthen 1 Haverfordwest 14 Fishguard 2 Narberth 15 Talgarth 3 Llandovery 15 Gorseinon 6 Knighton 16 Aberystwyth 6 St. Nicholas 17 Tjlangadock 6 Letterston 20 .Kidwelly 6 Cardigan 21 L'uncheston 6 Newcastle Emlyn. 21 St. Clear's 7 Whit]and 21 Cowbridge 7 Caerphilly 23 St. David's 7 Pembroke 27 Clvnderwen 13 Skettv 27 Llanwaeu 15 Crymmych 22 & 28 Trecastle 14
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PRESENTATIONS TO PLAYERS. IMPORTANT DECISION OF THE NORTHERN UNION. The usual monthly meeting of the above Union was held in Manchester on Tuesday night, Mr J-. E. Warren, Warrington, presiding. The business on the agenda. W:1S im- portant from the fact that Brighouse Rangers a,nd Swinton had applied for permission to present testimonials of a pecuniary character to two players, Abbey and Valentine respectively, whilst Oldham sought permission to make a donation to a player. Swinton sent a deputation consisting of Messrs Ross and Andrews, president W. P. Widdowson, treasurer; and J. Mills, secretary, who contended that Valentine's career was so unique the request might be granted in his case. The committee, however, decided that both the Valentine and Abbey appeals should be deferred for three months. It was decided that a ruling made in November last that a referee cannot order a player to put the ball into a scrummage be rescinded, and in future the referee should have power to order any player to put the ball in a scrummage. It was also ruled that clubs allowing matches to be played on their ground on other days than Saturdays mast first obtain the consent of the Union.
SOUTH WALES LEAGUE. A most curious fact in connection with this League is that out of the 23 matches played there has not been a drawn game. The biggest score made was on Saturday, when Rogerstone piled on 12 goals against Cardiff Teachers. The table of results in the South Wales Association League at present reads:- r< uutus. Teams. Pld. Won. Dm. L'st. for agst Pts. Barry District 7 5 0 2 19 6 10 Ebbw Vale 9 5 0 4 16 12 10 Eogerstone 4. 4 0 0 16 1 8 Nelson 6. 3 0 3 12 8 6 Porth 6 3 0 3 6 7 6 Cdf. St. Margaret's 4 *2 0 2 8 8 4 Abetdare .-1 4 1 0 3 8 10 2 Cardiff Teachers 6 0 0 6 2 35 0 v